A poacher was mauled to death and eaten by a pack of lions in Kruger National Park, South Africa
The remains of a human male were found this weekend in the grounds of a private game park near Hoedspruit in the northern province of Limpopo, where officials suspect an unlucky lion poacher was killed after stumbling onto a pride. Who would have thought that facing down a pack of wild lions could turn out badly? There wasn't much left of the hunter when he was found as Limpopo police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe told AFP "It seems the victim was poaching in the game park when he was attacked and killed by lions. They ate his body, nearly all of it, and just left his head and some remains." Gnarly.
The grisly discovery was found on Saturday morning when the disembodied head was found next to a loaded hunting rifle, and the police are still trying to establish the identity of the hunter. The owner of the reserve, a man named Josh, said he was told not to speak to the media because the police investigation was still under way but another local worker, from a nearby nature reserve, described the area as known lion territory, adding "The head was still there but the lions had eaten most of the rest. A scream was heard and the lions were scattered by the sound of gunshots but it was too late to do anything for him. He was eaten."
The attack could be seen as a sign of quantum karma, as lions are hunted for their body parts to be ground up and used in traditional medicines in the local area, and last year several lions were found poisoned near a farm in the same province with their heads and paws sawn off. Poachers have been slowly destroying the wildlife in South Africa, targeting animals like rhino's in order to use their horns to feed a booming demand for their powder from Asian countries. In Mozambique alone poachers have killed almost 90 per cent of the elephants living in the country's largest nature reserve since 2011. The elephant population in Niassa National Reserve, in the far north of the country, has fallen from 12,000 to between 1,000 and 1,500, according to Fauna & Flora International (FFI). The conservation charity has warned that the remaining elephant population of the 16,000 square mile park could soon also be wiped out unless immediate action is taken against poaching gangs, who are said to be working with Chinese syndicates smuggling ivory across the border.